MAP05: Hand of Doom (The Darkening)


The Darkening maps
This level occupies the map slot MAP05. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP05.

MAP05: Hand of Doom is the fifth map of The Darkening. It was designed by Jan Van der Veken and uses the music track "GloomKeep" by David Shaw (Tolwyn) from MAP24: Io Lab (Memento Mori II).

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Map of Hand of Doom
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. On the high ledge where all the imps are, look north through the cage to spot a hanging body. Shoot at the body to open the way to the nukage pit. Down here, press on the pentagram to receive a rocket launcher. (sector 28)
  2. On the same high ledge, carefully inch off the ledge but do not fall off. You will hear a door open, which is on the west wall. Go through the door to collect a soul sphere. (sector 77)
  3. At the southeastern hallway, go all the way to the end and a wall behind you opens revealing a Hell knight (or baron of Hell on Ultra-Violence or higher). Go towards the bars to the north to open them, then head back into the alcove behind the wall to find health bonuses and a teleporter. This will take you to the large nukage pit in the northern part of the map, where you can collect a box of shotgun shells and a super shotgun from the two lifts. (sector 192)
  4. The leftmost teleporter in the southwest part of the map can take you to the northwesternmost room on the map. From the teleporter you came out of, open the western wall (behind you after you teleport) to get a berserk pack. (sector 250)


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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 1:53.31 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2022-06-10
NM speed
UV max 3:47.57 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2023-03-13
NM 100S
UV -fast 7:25.31 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2022-06-11
UV -respawn 3:25.91 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2022-06-10
UV Tyson 19:20.77 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2022-06-17
UV pacifist
NoMo 0:34.54 kvothesixstring 2023-10-16

The data was last verified in its entirety on November 2, 2023.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains five spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 4)
  2. facing north. (thing 5)
  3. facing north. (thing 6)
  4. facing north. (thing 7)
  5. facing north. (thing 8)


Map data[edit]

Things 280
Vertices 1659*
Linedefs 1796
Sidedefs 2436
Sectors 283
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1502.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

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